How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese? – Charles de Gaulle
I read today that Joe Biden is feting the French premier Macron with a cheese board at the upcoming state dinner. Is he nuts? Are you ready for the the patronizing condescension coming our way? You know how the French are about their cheese. I predict this is going to be an absolute disaster. I can hear the superior sniffing already from across the pond.
The entrees will be butter-poached Maine lobster, American Ostera Caviar, beef with shallot marmalade and squash from the White House garden. Tres' bon.
This is like inviting Larry Bird over and challenging him to a game of horse. We are playing their game here. Trying to teach Mosconi how to shoot pool. As good as our cheese is, I think we are way out of our league. Why not try a barbecue or beenie weenie, something we are really good at? Hoagies.
I am sure they will be smiling and complimentary, but I predict the behind the scenes sniping will be surgical and deadly. You don't invite Julia Child over for a frozen Sarah Lee cheesecake.
For dessert, the international group will indulge in orange chiffon cake, roasted pears and crème fraiche ice cream. Sounds okay, not particularly daring.
Three California wines — a chardonnay, a cabernet sauvignon and a sparkling brut rose — round out the drink list.
Brut Rose? Really? Were we all out of white zinfandel? Hope they got a good cab, a Silver Oak, Caymus or Opus, then all will be forgiven. They may not like it but what do the Frenchies know?
Should be interesting.